Dune joins a long list of films playing musical chairs with release dates this year, largely in part due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has thrown a wrench in many studios’ production plans.It’s worth noting that The Batman’s tentative release date is also October 1, 2021, so expect that shift to happen at some point in the near future, too.Based on Frank Herbert’s best-selling 1965 novel, Dune is a sci-fi epic depicting the power struggle for the planet Arrakis. The star-studded cast includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, and more. Oh, and a bunch of giant sandworms that took over a year to design.
Villeneuve is no stranger to science fiction, having directed Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival, and his adaptation of Dune will mark one of his largest undertakings yet. He confirmed the story will be spread across two films because Herbert’s world is “too complex” to fit into a single movie.
Here’s to hoping Dune is worth its weight in spice when it finally launches next year.
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For more on Dune, check out what the film’s cast has to say about their characters as well how Denis Villeneuve will bring his vision of Dune to the big screen.
Matthew Adler is a Features, News, Previews, and Review writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @MatthewAdler and watch him stream on Twitch.
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